Upgrade W500 to W501 with 3G module

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    Thumbs up Upgrade W500 to W501 with 3G module

    Has anyone tried to upgrade their W500 with a 3G module to make it similar to the W501?

    After researching I found out that the W501 uses the following 3G module which can easily be purchased on ebay, etc and not so expensive.

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    Anyone who has opened up their W500 can check if there is a slot to put in this PCI-E card?

    Also what about the SIM card slot / tray ? Do we need additional hardware or the W500 already has it?

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    Default Re: Upgrade W500 to W501 with 3G module

    Quote Originally Posted by warnold View Post
    Has anyone tried to upgrade their W500 with a 3G module to make it similar to the W501?

    After researching I found out that the W501 uses the following 3G module which can easily be purchased on ebay, etc and not so expensive.

    Huawei EM770W
    huawei em770w | eBay

    Anyone who has opened up their W500 can check if there is a slot to put in this PCI-E card?

    Also what about the SIM card slot / tray ? Do we need additional hardware or the W500 already has it?
    OK. I just talked to someone who's familiar with the diff between the W500 and W501 (not available in U.S.). It's not just simply adding the module and the Sim card slot. You will also have to get the internal 3G antenna and route it. Also drivers are carrier specific so unless there is a W501 available with a local carrier in your country. Just adding all the hardware will do you no good.
    Laptop: Asus G51JXA1, Intel Core i7-720QM, 6GB RAM, 500GB 7200rpm HD, Panasonic UJ-130A BD-ROM, nVIDIA GeForce GTS 360M 1GB, 15.6" Full HD Widescreen.

    Desktop: Intel Q9550, ASUS P5B Deluxe, 4GB DDR2 1066, 1.5TB 7200.10 (2 at RAID 0), EVGA GTX 260 FTW in a Antec P180B w/NeoHE 500W, Logitech G15, G7, Z680 speakers and a Dell 2709W.

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    Default Re: Upgrade W500 to W501 with 3G module

    If it wasn't clear from the other thread, the W500 does not have the second Mini PCIe slot for the 3G card or the SIM card holder. You would need to solder on the surface mount connector for the Mini PCIe slot and the SIM card holder. That is not easy to do and if not done right can ruin your motherboard.

    I would recommend that you use a smartphone as a hotspot or buy one of the small 3G/4G hotspot devices. That will be far less risky than soldering stuff onto your motherboard.
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    Default Re: Upgrade W500 to W501 with 3G module

    recommend you to get this huawei E5 pocket wifi. Works perfect with W500.....

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    Default Re: Upgrade W500 to W501 with 3G module

    anyone know how to get a sim card out, i put my sim card in, theres no 3g module, and it is loose inside ;(

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    Default Re: Upgrade W500 to W501 with 3G module

    Basically you need to take the computer case apart until you reach the sim card or it falls off.

 

 

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